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Forest Lakes Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 617 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted March 9, 2014

I am currently in my freshman year of high school. I remember coming to Forest Lakes back in kindergarten, first, and half of second grade, dreaming every day of going to East Lake High while playing tetherball haha. This was an awesome school and I'll never forget all of the friends from Louisiana who came to out school while their houses were being rebuilt from Hurricane Katrina. This was the second best elementary school I went to, behind only Lowry.


Posted September 26, 2013

We recently moved here from NC and our daughter went to a private school. I have to admit not being from the area I was worried to say the least. What a wonderful school! I have had a amazing experience and so has my daughter. Nothing but good things are happening there. I am very pleased with our decision.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2013

One of the better schools in the county. Great neighborhood and a decent campus. Kids come from good backgrounds(Which imo matters a lot) and we have a set of involved parents. Would highly recommend .


Posted August 2, 2013

Overall, not impressed. We left the school after 2 years having had 2 kids there. Prompted by great ratings and comments by other parents, we tried it. Pros: Nice campus , great neighborhood. Cons: Fairly soon, we realized that the teachers seem somewhat overwhelmed and education was average, attention mediocre. One of our kids is very gifted and the teacher was quite oblivious to that. Our other child needed more help and despite their best efforts we didn't see the improvement we hoped for. They even have ''separate field trips for gifted kids"! My child told me that and that was the day we made a decision to move to private school. In my book, that is reverse discrimination. In any case, one year later, both our children have made amazing strides in the new school, thanks to the teachers personal attention, and positive reinforcement. All students are treated equally, wear a school uniform and smaller class sizes make a huge difference. The bar is definitely set higher in private schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2013

I think this school has the best first grade teachers in the county. My daughter has learned so much in one school year that it is amazing!! I hope second grade is the same.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2013

This school is one of the best schools in Pinellas County from the teachers to the office staff they all have been amazing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2012

It is sad to see a school filled with kind and considerate children is led a by a principal who only cares about numbers and not individuals. The principal does not display a concern about what is best for the school, instead, it is clear that she will have her way no matter what the cost to others, and if you offer an opinion that is different than hears, God help you. I can only feel sorry for this principal and the lonely life she must lead, why else would she treat students, parents and children with disabilities so badly?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2012

Horrible principal! School could be good if they got rid of her. I have been a member of The School Advisory Council (SAC) and PTA and I can honestly say that all the principal cares about is the facts and had every excuse in the book for why the school is declining. It's just a fact that ever since she took over the school has gone down. I even know of parents that had to hire an attorney because she is all about being "right" instead of what is right for the student. Currently an "A" rated school that is rapidly declining. Horrible school. Glad I moved and now my kids go to a different school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2012

I hate this school....like a previous poster said, all the principal cares about is the fcat results, She pushes off any dealing with parents on the vice principal who is horrible also. There is so much bullying and lack of caring for students that may not perform well on the fcat....I have seen children moved to other schools in the district because they may lower scores....I hate it the worst school ever no community feel either.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2012

Wonderful school, Great parental involment & Excellent teachers. My daughter started kindergarten and had the BEST teacher and really blossomed as a student. The staff are so friendly and want you to be involved in your child education as with school functions as much as possible. We Love Forest lakes!!! this school is definitely above and beyond any public school I have ever known:)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2012

Principle is aloof to the problems and concerns of parents and students in her school. As long as FCAT scores are there she could care less about you. She has consistently ignored fellow parents voicing concerns and even turns and "runs" away as you approach her. Long time parents and staff have all said the same thing...the school has been on a steady decline since she took over.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2010

I love Forest Lakes Elementary because, it is such a great school, my daughter started going there when she was in 3rd grade, she is a very shy little girl, and the teachers made her feel so welcomed, her grades are good, she passed her assessments, and the fcat, so I feel that this a great school for any kid
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2010

educational school principle is doing a fine job. I'm glad that my child goes to school here. He is a 2nd grader this year and is doing well on the tests.I would convince people to take their child to the school. keep doing well my son will be going here for the next 3 years.I can count in you to teach him well and get him ready for junior high school. thank you. school parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2010

FLE has been a wonderful place for my girls to grow and learn!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2010

My daughter has been there for 3 years and they are awesome! The teachers and principal really care about the kids and they always keep parents informed about their progress and what's going on at the school and in the community. Forest Lakes is one of the top schools in this area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2010

I currently have two children enrolled in Forest Lakes Elementary, K & 1st grade. I am told that the previous Principle was 'The Best', however in 2008-2009 school year, Forest Lakes 'wonderful' Principle retired and the school obtained a new one... not so 'wonderful'. Forest Lakes is now run by two women who do not have children, and it seems to be more concerned about what 'research shows', than what 'children show'. Their biggest concern are FCAT scores, and it starts in K. My child in K has 3-4 reading times throughout the day which cuts into their 'outside' time (12min a day now)... There are also no Spanish classes offered. Overall, as a parent I don't feel that Forest Lakes is very well rounded and the focus is not on our children, but FCAT scores.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

It's one of the best schools in the county - I love the teachers and principal. I like that they send email messages as well as sending notes home with students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2008

Forest Lakes has been a great school for my son. The teachers and staff have been real helpful and have really worked with my son to prepare him for Kindergarten. AWESOME school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2006

This school is fantastic! My son just finished grade 1 and I could not be happier with the academic quality. He has made tremendous growth. I was nervous that it was a larger school than what I am used to, but it feels very intimate and caring. Even the administrative staff reach out to the kids. There are disabled kids who attend the school and it's very beneficial. My son has learned some sign language. There is a lot of creative art instruction. The music teacher is innovative, and arranged the most enjoyable school concert.(I have been to many.)Parental involment is high and the volunteer coordinator Theresa is exemplary. I haven't had any bus problems, but all over the county it can be a problem because of the choice plan. This school has exceeded all my expectations, which were very high! My son loves his school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2005

well lets see in teaching great . but in bus rides a night mare i hate the bus system. my child is pickied up to early and gets to school at 8 am when school starts 840 her bus comes at 700am the last few days. and my daughter 4 can't get the sleep she needs and can't stay focus do to the bus comes when it feels like it and leaves the bus stop before it to leave so i travel 45 min to get her to school on time . and coming home a big problem some nites she is 45 to a hour late. and by then there is no one at the school to take calls or call parents if they will be late. along with that to many students in elem. school in pinellas are being pickied up on major high ways or crossing them.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
69%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
65%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
61%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

94 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
91%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 66% 42%
Hispanic 18% 29%
Asian 6% 3%
Black 6% 23%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 34%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 57%60%61%
Master's degree 43%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 3%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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